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I Am Very Far

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The Valley
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Piratess
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Rider
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Lay of the Last Survivor
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White Shadow Waltz
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We Need a Myth
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Hanging from a Hit
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Show Yourself
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Your Past Life as a Blast
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Wake and Be Fine
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The Rise
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 51:02

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"Extreme" - what are you smoking?

keithc

OK, so by some standards, (Simon Cowell's, perhaps) this is extreme. But to me it just seemed like a pretty good modern take on what Brian Wilson was doing all those years ago. Pleasant, a little off the beaten track, well worth a listen, but in no way is it extreme. unless you think Hayes Carll is the avant-garde.

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layers of goodness

McGrupp

Nice evolution via previous efforts, and Mr Sheff shows he really can do it all. Solid productionLove SHOW YOURSELF and especially YOUR PAST LIFE. Buy it, sample it, check it out...

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Great album...and worth EVERY penny

Chillin'Rob

Look at it this way, the more we support artists directly and not always hold out for the cheapest buying options, then they more money artists make & less likely to sell their music out to car commercials or Kate Hudson/Katherine Heigl chick flicks! I loved the album OR did with Roky Erickson, and this one more than holds up.

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Mind-bending

VTFarmguy

An expansive album in so may ways. Mind-altering stuff. Oh, and for you folks who gripe about price: Yeah, let's not pay much for music and force indie musicians to starve, especially if we can help Amazon steal a buck or two from them in the process. Ah, selfish America. This music is WORTH more than the price eMusic is asking, so shut up and pay for what you get. Otherwise, you won't value it nearly as much.

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Chill out Exurgencyetcetcetc from Texeattlenoke

Michellekat

To the person crabbing about the fact that eMusic isn't always your cheapest option anymore, think about it. Amazon is like the Walmart of the internet. They have tons of negotiation power, as well as the power to absorb losses on popular releases in order to attract more buyers to their site who they hope will purchase more in the future of everything and anything, not just mp3s. ALSO, look at Amazon's big $5 sale, it's not all it's cracked up to be. EXAMPLE: Bon Iver's album "For Emma, Forever Ago" is listed as $5 there, while HERE ON EMUSIC it is $4.41. So, again, chill out. The point is to be a smart buyer and utilize all your resources, not just one.

eMusic Features

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Interview: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff

By Amanda Petrusich, Contributor

There's no better anchor for Okkervil River's brawny, brainy art-rock than the band's hyper-articulate frontman, Will Sheff: His vocals rush and recede, swell and shrink, changing every few bars to better suit the stories he tells. eMusic's Amanda Petrusich spoke with Sheff — fresh off a week of doctor-ordered voice-rest — about ditching the concept album, living in New York, keeping quiet and pursuing "a bigness that's not polite." I'm glad to hear that you're able to… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Fresh from backing the legendary Roky Erickson on 2010’s triumphant True Love Cast Out All Evil, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff decided to head home to his native New Hampshire to carve out the meat of the group’s sixth long-player. The resulting I Am Very Far, which was produced by Sheff, feels both transitory and triumphant, successfully integrating the Austin, Texas-based collective’s penchant for lovelorn, indie Americana with the wild abandon of 21st century pop music’s increasingly blurry genre borders. Elements of Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Springsteen, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and even the Fixx burn through I Am Very Far, down lightning rods affixed to the myriad studios procured by Sheff and crew throughout the record’s intentionally sporadic recording schedule. Production styles vary from track to track, which in lesser songwriting hands, could spell disaster, but Sheff’s a gifted lyricist and his melodies have always been sneakier than they appear upon first listen, which makes the transition from a cut like “The Valley,” with its motor-mouthed, electro-apocalyptic pulse, into the late-night, Bowie-esque soul jam “Piratess” feel surprisingly natural. Elsewhere, stand-out cuts, such as the soaring “Rider,” the lovely and languid “Hanging from a Hit,” the ramshackle “Your Life as a Blast,” and the rousing first single “Wake and Be Fine” stand up to anything on 2007’s near-classic Stage Names, and while they may not share that record’s remarkable sense of place, they each confidently occupy a space of their own making. – James Christopher Monger

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